Wow, Friday already

            No way am I giving up on getting back to running

Got to stop having these mid morning starts as lose so much of the day but then again as we have a brunch instead of breakfast and lunch it works well for the food intake.

Today’s brunch was 2 dry fried eggs, 2 sausages (Tesco Healthy Option), 3 bacon medallions, baked beans, grilled (well oven cooked) tomatoes, potato slices and 1 x 50/50 thin plus of course 2 mugs of lovely black Americano coffee.

A little bit of an outing in to Horsham Park to place the new signs in the store room and then a walk in to Horsham for a little bit of festive shopping. Back to the car and back to home and out of the flipping cold.

Evening meal was a large portion of Chilli Con Carne with boiled rice followed by a nice Banana and Custard Muller Light Yoghurt as dessert.

Only treats for the day were 4 small Pink Panther wafers.

Did a set of exercise for my knee and will do another set before bed.

All in all a pretty good day

Wow, Mid Week already (Wednesday)

Was meant to be an early start to take the kiddies to school but Michelle decided to stay home today so it was not necessary and we had no need to pick them up as their father was coming down to take them out for a few hours after school.

Quick breakfast of banana and black Americano coffee, plus a Tesco cereal bar.

Lunchtime was a small snack of a 50/30 Thin with some ham slices and seafood sticks.

During the afternoon me and Vicky decided to go out for a little forest walk at Fittleworth Common. Only 1.2 miles but quite hilly and muddy but we did manage to collect quite a few nice Sweet Horse Chestnuts for consumption later, also stopped a lot as Vicky wanted to look at all of the amazing trees and views, planning on returning tomorrow with my camera and take a few photos.

Evening meal was a nice Chicken& potato Omelette with a Muller Light yoghurt as dessert.

Tuesday yet again

Nice lie in this morning so started the day with a nice portion of Overnight Oats, banana and black Americano coffee.

Lunchtime came very soon so had a 50/50 thin with some ham, watercress and sliced tomato along with a nice mug of tea.

When I went to pick Zac up I arrived 45 minutes early to put a pair of cross trail/road shoes and do a mixed terrain walk. Most of it was road with just over ½ mile across a field and around the recreation ground. Even tried 4 x 30 second gentle jogs as well, just to test the knee, and feel very confident for a return to running in 4 weeks as planned as there was no problems at all.

Evening meal was a steamed chicken breast with some pre boiled new potatoes cooked in the oven, plus some baked beans. A Muller Light yoghurt was the dessert.

parkrunday (Saturday)

             or in my case WALKING

Up early and had a couple of Weetabix for breakfast, a banana and a mug of black Americano coffee.

        very true

Enjoyed the walk around Horsham park this morning, although it was muddy and my walking boots have very little grip. I wore the boots so as I was not tempted to break in to a jog but next time it will have to be my trail shoes so as I can avoid slipping as that could be disastrous for my knee, I planned to finish in under the hour and got a clock time of 56 minutes but I did pick up some signage on the last lap which slowed me down. Garmin showed me as 56 minutes but Strava which takes in to account the stops I made to pick up signs showed me as having a moving time of 52.44 so more than happy with that, will try to go sub 50 next week as I will be wearing my trail soled trainers. Will try with just some K-Tape strapping next week but also going to try a couple of 2 mile walks during the week and see if I can get back on some kind of exercise regime again. I MISS MY RUNNING, I don’t care if it takes me 45 mins I just want to be able to run/jog parkrun again and then get out and do the odd touring again.

Standard brunch for me at lunch time but must try a LOT harder from now on. No good me preaching to Chris and not practising my own advice.




Another quiet day as busy sorting bits and emptying my car as I have a loan car arriving today.

Food wise I started off well and didn’t go too far off the rails. One good thing is that Chris seems to be getting his act together and exercising a bit more now.

Got my loan car and it is an Octavia Scout which means it is a 4×4, nice car with lots of bells and whistles but a smaller engine. Nicer slightly upright seating, a little higher than mine but still much lower than the old ‘Beast’. Must admit that it sticks like ‘S### to a shovel’ with the 4×4 so going to enjoy using it for the next week.

Went to collect Zac a little early so had a nice 1 mile walk around the green and felt that I was moving at a pace that would equate to a 54 minute parkrun time so looking forward to giving it a try on Saturday. I must remember to either wear the brace of some strapping (K-tape) on Saturday as don’t want to go backwards.


Sunday (junior parkrun day)

Another bright but not so early start. Breakfast of 2 weetabix, banana and a mug of black Americano stuff and it was off to Horsham Park, again!, to take photos of the Halloween junior parkrun.

        CLICK to see the photos

After I had finished at the park I decided to have a stroll around the park with the camera and take some ‘Autumnal’ photos (CLICK HERE TO VIEW) and then to do a ‘dummy run’ in preparation for next Sunday when I will be taking photos of the junior parkrun again, Abigail is running it, and then dash off to the hill near to Chesworth Farm and take photos of the HJ Gunpowder Trot. It will be easy as managed it in 20 minutes including walking up the hill. Overall I walked close on 1¾ miles with no pain or problems with the knee, still wearing the brace but it seems to be doing the job where rehabilitation is concerned.

Lunchtime was another brunch of oven cooked potato slices, bacon medallions, 2 tesco healthy choice sausages, tinned plum tomatoes and scrambled egg with of course a mug of black Americano coffee.

Spent a couple of hours processing and resizing the photos from the morning and then chilled for a while before my evening meal of Steamed chicken breast with some boiled new potatoes and salad, followed by some fresh pineapple with natural yoghurt 😎

Saturday (no run for me just playing at photographer)

A bright and early, but not too early, so as I could have a baked oats, banana and a nice big mug of black Americano coffe to get my day well and truly started.

Got my makeup done by Vicky and set off to the park, got a couple of funny looks when stopped at the traffic lights though and this is the reason why :D








Spent a pleasant hour taking snaps of happy runners and really feeling down in the dumps but starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Lunchtime meal was a nice brunch of Oven cooked potato slices, bacon medallions, scrambles eggs and some tinned plum tomatoes, with 1 wholemeal thin plus of course another black Americano coffee.

Spent a couple of hours sorting through the 1100 photos I took and decided on 408 to use, so then a quick mass resizing job and once a header photo was made it was a quick upload and job done !! ;)

      Click to the photos

Chill out time and then time for my evening snack which was not 100% good as me and Vicky shared a small portion of chips and a portion of batter cod ‘½ of the fish each’ and then after a while it was bed time.


Friday and the day before parkrunday

Woke up feeling good this morning, my knee is definitely responding as there is now NO PAIN when I lay in bed and even when turning and especially when I get up in the morning (or during the night as us old ones have to do). I reckon the brace is making a BIG difference as I now tend to wear it most of the day and it really seems to be helping the knee recover.

Breakfast today was simply a portion of baked oats with strawberry slices, a banana and a mug of black Americano coffee. Also started drinking a cup of warm lemon water first thing.

My lunch was a simple and boring snack of salad leaves, cucumber chunky, spicy baby beetroots and some seafood sticks. Nice and basic but filling without any bad stuff involved .

Evening meal was the rest of my turkey mince mix (cooked from fresh again but the say tasty mix. Dessert was a full Mullar Light yoghurt this time as I made sure that there were plenty in the fridge.

Managed some exercise today in the form of 5 minutes of rowing and 5 minutes of static bike, 50 situps and 50 assorted weights. Taking it steady and slowly to get back.

Time for an early bit of kip as up early in morning so as I can get ready for the Halloween parkrun as I am gonna be snapping pics.


I am fffffing bored, I wanna get out and run but I know if I do I will put my knee back weeks.

Michelle has departed for Budapest for a Salsa function and she will be meeting up with Vicky’s cousin while she is there. Next year we all hope to spend a week over there (Me, Vicky, Chris, Michelle, Abi and Zac) so we can have a full family holiday.

Food wise I have been better than good today, breakfast was 2 weetabix with milk, banana and a mug of black Americano coffee.

Lunch snack was some salad leaves, cucumber, baby plum tomatoes, spicy baby beetroots, seafood sticks and some ham slices.

Evening meal was a good portion of Minced Turkey cooked with onions, soya sauce, chicken stock, bean sprouts and boiled rice, rather tasty and healthy. Dessert was half a Muller Light yoghurt (Vicky had the other half)

Now I just need to stick with it and get my head on right and it will be a case of ‘WEIGHT on your bike’



Very quiet Monday as just felt like chilling out. So did just that and took it easy. In fact it was a bit of an IT day as I decided that my spare laptop would become my Photo laptop so in future I will use that one for all photos that I take, so I will store them all on there and use it for uploading purposes.

Tried the static bike and knee felt ok on it so after I get back tomorrow I will spend 15 minutes on it, with the knee brace on,  and then see what the knee feels like on Wednesday morning. If it feels ok then I will venture on to the rowing machine and try 15 minutes on that as well.

Knee now feels good enough for me to try a mile walk every day just need the weather to improve a bit.

Getting on top of the food stuff now. Tomorrow we are going up to spend the day with Chris so me and him can support each other.